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Four states, not including this state, enact a mandatory labeling law for genetically-engineered foods that is consistent with the provisions of this subsection, provided one such state borders Connecticut; and (2) the aggregate population of such states located in the northeast region of the United States that have enacted a mandatory labeling law for genetically-engineered foods that is consistent with this subsection exceed twenty million based on 2010 census figures.
In other words, either four other states or another state with the equivalent of 20 million citizens must adopt similar legislation to trigger labeling in Connecticut. The reasoning for the trigger is that it may be unfeasible to demand food labeling only for Connecticut's 3.5 million residents.
"Connecticut will be the first state in the nation to pass a GMO labeling law and this sets the stage for other states to join the growing movement to give consumers more choices. As a small state, Connecticut couldn’t go it alone – this compromise strikes the right balance," said Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden).
"This law doesn't ban, or restrict, or tax anything. It simply let's moms and dads know what's in the food they're buying for their children," said McKinney. "I’m pleased Connecticut is a pioneer in passing this common sense legislation. I urge Washington follow our lead."
This past fall California voters narrowly voted down Prop 37 to label GMO foods on election day. Many attribute the loss to a $50 million anti-labeling campaign by GMO giants like Monsanto and other big food companies.
Currently sixty-four nations including China, South Africa, and all countries in the European Union require GM foods to be labeled. Yet all attempts to label genetically engineered food at the federal level in the U.S. have so far failed.
Countries with Mandatory Labeling of GE Foods
Bosnia and Herzegovina Malta
Cameroon New Zealand
Czech Republic Portugal
El Salvador Saudi Arabia
France South Africa
Germany South Korea
Hungary Sri Lanka
Kazakhstan United Kingdom
Originally posted by ShadellacZumbrum
reply to post by jude11
I don't know why this hasn't already been mandated. Everyone else is required to put the nutrition information on the label. Make note that there are ALLOT of Ingredients listed on Nearly Every label that are bad for you. I am sure the FDA knows that GMO is Code for BAD.
As far as California Failing the vote,. .. I think the populous was Not paying attention.